Scientific Name :Hemidactylus frenatus
Family : Gekkonidae
Tamil Name : Palli
Description: It has throat with small granular scales, back with scattered tubercles. Lamellae are special structures present under the toe which helps in climbing in vertical areas. H. frenatus has 4-5 Lamellae under 1st toe and 9 or 10 under 4th toe. Similar in appearance to bark gecko and Northern house gecko this gecko differs in having small tubular scales in the back and distribution. The pupil of the eye is vertical.
Distribution and Status: These geckos are found in all the tropical regions of the world, extending into the subtropical parts of Africa and Europe. It has been transported to several parts of the world by humans
Habitat: This is the gecko most often seen in walls of houses in South India. They take refuge inside cracks in the day and emerge in the night to feed on insects.
Habits: It is recognized by the call that it makes inside houses. It voice can be heard at night and is one of the noisiest of Indian lizards. It is occasionally seen on trees. . It has the habit of cutting of its tail when captured and make good an escape. They have the habit of preying on insects attracted to light near and inside houses. It is capable of climbing walls by the presence of setae that it has underside the base of its foot. It is capable of surviving on insects attracted to lights inside houses.
Life cycle: It breeds in the hot weather. The eggs in clutches of two are laid in April-May and hatch about 42 days later.
Role in the environment:Unfortunately there is a false belief that the droppings of the gecko if it falls on food it will become poisonous. This is a myth and denies any scientific evidence. .
Photo source: Dr. J. Subramanean